An independent conservative candidate will launch a bid for president Monday.
Evan McMullin, a former CIA counterterrorism agent and the chief policy director of the House Republican conference, told ABC News that “in a year where Americans have lost faith in the candidates of both major parties, it’s time for a generation of new leadership to step up."
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"It’s never too late to do the right thing, and America deserves much better than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton can offer us,” McMullin said. “I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a conservative choice for President.”
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough was first to report the news Monday on Twitter, citing sources, that McMullin was running.
Multiple sources tell me the candidate is Evan McMullin. Wharton grad, CIA alum, Goldman Sachs, Republican Policy Director, US House— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) August 8, 2016
Scarborough, a former GOP congressman from Florida, also tweeted that the candidate "has an impressive resume and the backing of key $$ contributors in the Republican Party."
The candidate revealed by sources has an impressive resume and the backing of key $$ contributors in the Republican Party.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) August 8, 2016
According to Politico, McMullin has never held elected office. Following an 11-year career at the CIA, he briefly worked at Goldman Sachs.
Like his potential Republican rival Trump, McMullin studied at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
McMullin has frequently characterized Trump as an “authoritarian” on Twitter.
Authoritarians like @realDonaldTrump use promises of law & order to justify infringing on civil rights as they consolidate control by force.— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) July 22, 2016
Americans deserve to see @realDonaldTrump's tax returns immediately. If he won't be transparent on this, how could we trust his presidency?— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) May 11, 2016
“Sources said McMullin was planning to file his paperwork [to run for president] Monday at around noon,” Buzzfeed reported.
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